best new pickleball paddles 2017

Best New Pickleball Paddles For 2017

Welcome to our guide to the Best New Pickleball Paddles for 2017!  If you’re relatively new to the game and are looking to upgrade your paddle and improve your game in 2017, you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re a veteran to the game but tired of using an old paddle with dead spots and want the very best paddle for 2017, you’ve also come to the right spot.  We’re excited to present to you all the research we’ve done and give you seven of the best options when it comes to both Graphite and Composite paddles this year.  Before we get to our list of the best new pickleball paddles, let’s get a few things straight.  First off, most of these paddles have been around for years (or more) but received substantial updates for 2017.  Some are brand spanking new but most have been around a while.  Secondly, these paddles are going to vary in size, weight, paddle technology and design.  If you’re coming from the tennis court and are used to handling a tennis racquet, you’ll find a paddle that's right for you.  If grip is important and you want a larger handle that fits more comfortably in your hands, we’ve found a paddle for you.  If you want the very best in pickleball paddle technology and want faster response times or improved spin, we’ve found many paddles on this list for you!  Lastly, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are the seven best, most highly rated, best selling new pickleball paddles for 2017!  At the end of the day, this is our opinion.  But we welcome your feedback in the comments section below if you feel we’ve left one out.  Please let us know!

Paddle Chart

Pro-Lite Titan Pro​

Pro-Lite Blaster

Selkirk Pro S1C

Pro-Lite Rebel PowerSpin

Onix Graphite Zen V2

Pro-Lite Magnum Stealth

Pickleball Inc. Venom Composite

7.6 - 8.3 oz

Medium

6.7 - 7.3 oz 

Light

7.5 - 8.0 oz

Medium

7.7 - 8.1 oz

Medium

6.6-6.9oz

Super Light

6.8 - 7.5 oz

Light

7.7 - 8.5 oz

Heavy

Graphite Surface w/ Carbon Fiber Face

Graphite Surface w/ Carbon Fiber Face

Composite Surface

Composite Surface w/ Fiber Glass overlay

Graphite Surface

Graphite Surface

Composite Surface

Paddle Face:

15-3/8" by 7 5/8"

-Average-

Paddle Face:

15 3/4" by 8 1/4"

-Large-

Paddle Face:

15 2/3" by 8.0"

-Average-

Paddle Face:

16" by 7 5/8"

-Large-

Paddle Face:

16" by 8"

-Large-

Paddle Face:

15 1/2" by 7 7/8"

-Average-

Paddle Face:

15 7/8" by 8 1/8"

-Average-

Grip:

5" by 4 1/4

Grip:

5" by 4 1/8" 

Grip:

4 1/2" by 4 1/4"​

Grip:

5" by 4 1/4"

Grip:

4 1/4"

Grip:

5 1/2" by 4 1/8"​

Grip:

5 1/2 " by 4 1/4 "

Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Rating:

4.0 out of 5

Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Rating:

4.0 out of 5

Rating:

4.0 out of 5

Rating:

4.0 out of 5

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Best New Pickleball Paddles for 2017

1.  Pro-Lite Titan Pro

Video Source: Total Pickleball

The Titan Pro technically came out in 2016 but it’s poised to dominate in 2017, which is why it made our list.  This paddle is the best Pro-Lite has to offer from a design perspective, showcasing the best high-grade materials to put it all together.  The Titan is a graphite paddle with a unique carbon fiber face.  This gives the paddle an extra smooth face allowing for fasting reaction times and quieter play.  In fact, it’s arguably the quietest paddle on the market today (we call it the “silent assassin”).  Typically, smoother faced paddles don’t perform as well when it comes to spin and control.  But, the Titan Pro is an exception. The 100% carbon fiber face, although textureless, is soft enough to absorb the ball - allowing you to put english on the ball no problem.  Inside the Titan boasts Pro-Lite’s strongest state of the art Polymer core ever, giving the paddle an unprecedented combination of power, touch and control.  It’s also a beauty to look at!  With its extra large sweet spot and low profile edge guard, this paddle has the look of a professional grade pickleball paddle.  Personally, I love the all black look and low profile edge guard.  This is an absolute beast of a paddle and is known for stopping hard shots and putting them right back into your opponent’s face!  For anyone looking to take their game to the next level, this is without a doubt one of the best new pickleball paddles for 2017!

2.  Pro-Lite Blaster 2017

Video features older Blaster model.  Source: Pro-Lite Sports

The Blaster series has been around for a while and has been one of Pro-Lite’s flagship paddles in recent years.  You can read our full review of the Blaster 2 Alloy here (it’s the best aluminum core paddle we’ve ever played with).  The Blaster Graphite however, has a new look and feel for 2017, improving upon an already stellar paddle platform.  The 2017 version boasts an updated graphite surface with a carbon fiber face.  The carbon fiber overlay on top of the graphite gives the paddle an ultra smooth surface for quicker pop off the ball.  The high grade Nomex honeycomb core, give the paddle it’s power.  Nomex cores are known for power and pop so you won’t need much arm strength to notice significant response from this paddle.  Weight is big factor when choosing a pickleball paddle and the Blaster Graphite's weight for 2017 hasn’t changed, it’s a well balanced 6.7 to 7.3 oz.  This technically drops the paddle into the “medium weight” category but that’s on the lighter side for medium weight paddles.  This in our opinion is a good thing!  The older version was starting to show it’s age from a cosmetic standpoint, so we’re glad to see the 2017 Blaster Graphite get a much needed modern graphic upgrade!  Overall, we still feel the Blaster Graphite is a top choice for beginners.  It’s also a great choice for someone climbing the ranks and looking for a paddle upgrade.  The Blaster is also endorsed by the 2015 Women’s National Champion Gigi LeMaster.

3.  Selkirk Pro S1C

Video Source: Total Pickleball

There is a reason why Selkirk put the word “Pro” in this paddle’s name.  Selkirk Pro Player Tony Tollenaar suggested the manufacturer shorten the handle and use the extra space to expand the hitting surface.  That subtle change gave the Pro S1C the largest sweet spot in the industry!  Smart guy, that Tony! And, it comes in two sizes, large and extra large.  The extra large being the C+! Basically, the Pro S1C was designed by pros for pros.  But don't get us wrong, it's a great paddle for recreational use as well!  This is a heavy weight of a paddle with the “+” version coming in at a beefy 8 to 8.5 oz.  But, that little extra beef is complimented well by a beautiful polymer core that provides ample touch and control.  The combination of paddle weight for power and polymer touch is a thing to behold.  Throw that top rated sweet spot into the equation, and you’ll see (and feel) why it’s a “Pro” paddle.  Highly recommended!

4.  Pro-Lite Rebel PowerSpin​

Video Source: Total Pickleball

The Rebel PowerSpin from Pro-Lite is a composite paddle with a unique look and feel.  Being a composite paddle, by default it’s going to be good for spin and putting english on the ball.  However the Rebel takes that train of thought a step further by incorporating two unique features.  One, it has a textured fiberglass hitting surface as part of its composite design (composite and fiberglass go hand in hand).  The textured material allow the paddle to “catch” the ball and put exceptional spin on the ball.  Pro-Lite calls this their “PowerSpin” technology, hence the name.  The second unique feature and the reason why it made our list of Best New Pickleball Paddles for 2017 is it’s over-sized, extra long 16-inch hitting surface!  We love this feature!  Most paddles cap out somewhere in the 15 1/2 inch range.  The Rebel PowerSpin’s 16” face makes a big difference and gives players a larger sweet spot to hit from.  Perfect for players looking for consistent spin and control.  The QuadCore Polymer core inside the paddle give it great touch and feel.  The polymer core also gives it that “quiet pop” sound.  With the extra long face, the paddle does weigh in on the heavy side - 7.7 to 8.1 oz.  Despite it’s weight, it is not a paddle for power players. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  Those looking for control and spin needn’t look anywhere else.  This paddle is also endorsed by 6 Time National Champion Wes Gabrielson!

5.  Onix Graphite Zen V2

Video features original Zen model.  Source: Onix Pickleball

The Onix Graphite Zen series has been around for a while but in 2017 we get the Zen V2 or “version 2.”  The original Zen is still available but the V2 is worth a look and the extra price because of how light it is!  The Zen V2 is the lightest paddle on our list (refer to the Onix website for official weight)!  This featherweight of a paddle comes in at a svelte 6.6 to 6.9 oz, allowing for extended periods of play with less arm fatigue.  At under 7 oz, Onix had developed a super light paddle with a unique combination of power, control and touch thanks to the aluminum core incorporated into it.  Aluminum core paddles are known for their balance between touch, control and plow-through and the V2 is no exception.  With an over-sized face (the width is extended slightly) and an extra large sweet spot, this is a very forgiving paddle.  However, what players rave the most about is the grip!  Onix has incorporated a tennis like grip that is perfect for those with larger hands!  This one is going to be one of Onix's best new pickleball paddles for 2017, without a doubt.

6.  ​Pro-Lite Magnum Stealth

Video features original Magnum model.  Source: All About Pickleball

The Magnum line of pickleball paddles from Pro-Lite has been one of the company’s flagship products for decades.  In fact, the original Magnum paddle was one of the first composite paddles...Ever!  You can read more about that here.  Today, the Magnum line comes in two forms: The Graphite Stealth and the Magnum Composite.  This basically means you get the Magnum paddle shape in a composite paddle good for spin and high impact power shots or a graphite version good for touch, control and responsiveness.  For 2017, the Magnum Graphite Stealth gets the update.  The 2017 Magnum Stealth gets a carbon fiber graphite face allowing for optimal reaction time along with excellent touch and feel.  The Nomex core gives this graphite paddle extra boost in the power department allowing for great pop off the paddle when swinging hard.  At 6.8 to 7.5 oz, this is a well balanced medium weight graphite paddle with a lot to offer. We love the combination of control and power provided by the graphite face and nomex core.  The Magnum has been and will continue to be, a fan favorite for years to come.

7.  Venom Composite​

Video features older Venom model.  Source: Pickleball Central

Being a composite paddle, the Venom weighs in slightly heavier than some of the graphite paddles on our list.  But, with that extra weight comes more power. This paddle was designed by Pickleball Inc. to have what they call a “head heavy” feel.  This means at impact, your going to be able to easily put more "oomph" behind your power shots.  The composite surface boasts a beautifully designed fiber glass, textured face for spin, control and feel.  The polymer core makes the paddle quiet and improves the paddle’s overall touch.  What this paddle is know for however is it’s feel for players coming from a tennis background.  If you’re coming from a tennis court to a pickleball court and want your pickleball paddle to feel as much like your tennis racquet as possible, then this paddle is a great option!  In fact, the handle alone is going to remind you of your tennis days.  It sports an extra long 5 ½ inch handle with a moisture control wrap.  For those looking for a great new pickleball paddle for 2017, but one that is also budget priced, this is a great option!

Did you move from the tennis court to the pickleball court?  What paddle worked for you?  Are you an experienced player who's recently upgraded paddles?  if so, please let us know what paddle you're using and why you like it in the comments section below.

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